Sittón: Electoral ban restrictions on social networks violate international standards

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  • Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:39
Tribunal Electoral
  • Panamá Today

The Panamanian lawyer, Sidney Sittón, sent a letter to the magistrates of the Electoral Court to claim what he considered a violation of international agreements signed by the Republic of Panama, specifically the Annual Report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDDHH) of the OAS (Organization of American States), dated March 15, 2017. The legal document is mandatory for the member states of the Commission, said Sittón.

"The Electoral Court bans a candidate from being promoted on the internet or paid social networks, outside the times established in the Decree (during the electoral closure). This violates the international standards defined in this Report of the Special Rapporteur," said the lawyer.

Sittón mentions three of the aspects that violate according to the Commission: As an individual right that reflects the human virtue of thinking about the world from their own perspective and communicating with each other; as a means for open and uninhibited deliberation on matters of public interest; as an essential instrument in the guarantee of other human rights, including political participation, religious freedom, education, culture, equality among others".

Along with the letter Sittón attached the report called "Standards for Free, Open and Inclusive Internet", urging the magistrates of the Electoral Court to take the necessary corrective actions to avoid what he regards as a violation of international standards.

Here is the full document: SittonalTribunalElectoral.pdf

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